Picking your nose and eating it is probably one of the last great taboos in modern society – everyone has probably done it but nobody is going to admit to it and certainly not going to do it when in the presence of everyone else for fear of being called gross.
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A new study might be set to shatter the stigma around it though, as it’s claiming that snot and bogeys are apparently full of health bacteria that could protect your teeth, fight off infections, respiratory disease and improve your immune system. It does seem like it will be fighting an uphill battle though because it’s still pretty gross, even if it is good for you.
Anyway, here’s what Austrian respiratory specialist Prof Friedrich Bischinger had to say about it:
People who pick their noses are healthier, happier, and likely in better tune with their bodies.
Eating the dry remains of what you pull out [of your nose] is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system.
Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do.
In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.
There you have it – if this guy says it then it must be true. You might as well lock yourself in the toilet cubicle, stick your finger up there and tuck in right now. No time like the present.
Don’t say we don’t ever treat you here. For more nose picking, check out this woman who was so bored of the Champion’s League final she decided to pick her nose instead. Busted.